Ashkenaz: A Jewish Journey Through CMT!
April 28-May 9, 2013
The German speaking lands were the cradle and center of Ashkenazi Jewish civilization until the 13th and 14th centuries. In the wake of the Crusades, the Black Plague and unrelenting Christian persecution, expulsions and massacres, the center of European Jewish life and creativity shifted eastward to Poland. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, as Jews grappled with the new challenges presented by emancipation and freedom, the German speaking Jewish communities evolved new models of Jewish living, laying the groundwork for the development of the Reform, Conservative and Modern Orthodox movements.
The Nazis and their allies destroyed the Jewish communities of Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, but their legacies are still alive and relevant in contemporary Jewish life. Together, we will explore and trace the story of Ashkenazi Jewry, using the major centers of Berlin, Vienna and Prague (where miraculously, Jewish life is being resurrected) to remember and learn about the past and ultimately to better understand the complex nature of our own contemporary Jewish identity, belief and practice.
Included below is the trip itinerary; pricing information and registration form. To pay for your trip online, log onto the Keshet Israel website at http://www.keshetisrael.co.il/ and click on “Online Registration” at the bottom left corner. Enter “Mishkan Tefila” in the “group/trip name” cell and “Rabbi Gordon” in the “group/trip leader name” cell. You will then be directed to step-by-step payment instructions. Note: the site may only give you the option of signing up for a Keshet Israel trip, but this form will work for our Europe trip as well.